Local students encouraged to attend free college preparedness workshop

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Local middle and high school students, their families and school administrators are encouraged to attend a free college preparedness workshop on Saturday, Oct. 29 at St. Peter CME Church in El Cerrito.

The event, organized by two Richmond natives who are graduates of El Cerrito High, will run from 9 a.m. to noon at the church at 5324 Cypress Ave.

It will feature presentations on the admissions process, tips for financing your college degree and networking opportunities with alumni and representatives from community colleges, historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), the University of California system and California State universities.

Nancy DeVille and Shebah Washington Spears, who were college roommates at Fisk University in Nashville, an historically black university, said they are holding the event to offer the same education and opportunities they enjoyed to local students.

“This event is important to me because it is going to provide information to African American students on the process of seeking an education beyond high school as well as what options are available to them,” said Spears.

DeVille added, “Our hope is that students will leave Saturday’s event empowered with the resources they need to make a informed decision about life after high school.”

While the event is free, registration is required. To register, email collegeready@yahoo.com or visit here. For more information, call 510-621-7505.



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